I have decided to take part in 2011 Journal Quilt Challenge set by the Contemporary Quilt Special Interest Group of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles. This is something I have never done before, I have to commit to making a 10″ square quilt a month for the next 12 months starting in February. The challenge has been split into three parts with each part having a different element that has to be included within the quilt – the first element is circle. I won’t say ‘that should be easy’ as I know this will come back to bite me, we’ll just see how I go.
Along with that decision I have to finish my C&G in Patchwork and Quilting by May at the latest as my registration runs out then and cannot be renewed. I have taken so long doing this course as life in general has been a bit of a pig over the last few years but that’s the past. I only have the wall hanging and the quilt to do along with the associated work, although the wall hanging is well on its way (I say that with my fingers crossed behind my back!) I do have an idea for the quilt which I will for now keep under my hat.
I would also like to make mantle runners, tables runners and placemats for each of the seasons and I also need to replace my christmas set as it is falling apart having been well used over the years.
I have to finish a quilt for my daughters’ boyfriend’s 21st birthday, he has been nagging me for one since she went to Cambridge taking hers with her. He wanted to keep hers but as it depicts fairies he changed his mind and she wasn’t having any of it. This has to be done by the middle of February.
Both my sons need new quilts, one of which is under way, the other is still in my head. My daughter could do with a new one as she is a bit old for fairies now, I do have the fabric but not the idea yet!
I have promised myself that I will use up all my beads, silk waste, embroidery bits stash, in embroideries over the year with the hope of selling them to raise funds for a new stash. I also have to set up an Ebay selling account to sell some of my magazines as I need the shelf space. I have lots of Quilting Arts magazines and all the cloth,paper,scissors magazines since the first issue. I am seriously considering selling my considerable library of art books too.
I am considering entering some competitions this year too, perhaps one at the Festival of Quilts and one of those run by Grosvenor.
But first of all the Wall hanging has to be done, I need to get the samples and design work to my tutor by the end of January at the very latest.
So to work.